Man, the havoc these two could have wreaked on the league had they been on the same team. What might have been.
From the press release,
PROVO, Utah, Sept. 29, 2009 – Utah Flash announced today the hiring of Mark Madsen as an assistant coach. Madsen fills the vacancy left by Dale Osbourne who took a position with the Oklahoma City Thunder and their NBA D-League affiliate the Tulsa 66ers.
"I am very excited about joining the Utah Flash organization," Madsen said. "Not only for opportunity to assist Head Coach Brad Jones and the learn the Utah Jazz system, but also to share my knowledge and experience with the players."
Madsen, 33, comes to the Flash after a long and productive career in the NBA. Madsen played in the NBA from 2000 -2009 spending time with the Los Angeles Lakers, and Minnesota Timberwolves. The Lakers selected Madsen in the first round (29th pick overall) of the 2000 NBA Draft. He contributed to the Lakers' NBA championships in 2001 and 2002.
Thankfully, this is the closest he ever came to the Jazz. He was traded to the Clippers over the summer and then waived by the team.
Here's Mark's statements from his blog,
I just signed a one year contract to be an assistant coach with the Utah Flash, located in Orem Utah.....and I'm excited to start coaching! ... I had the chance to go to NBA training camp and a firm offer in Greece, but the NBA opportunity was a long shot to make the team, and as much as I would love to go to Greece, the timing wasn't quite right ...
Then when I spoke to Brad Jones, head coach of the Utah Flash and he shared with me his philosophy and some of the responsibilities he would entrust me with, it seemed like a great fit.
Maybe I can sell him UtahFlash.com for a low, low price?